For Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence tight end Will Mallory, hearing assumptions about how his lifelong affinity for Michigan will impact his recruitment is commonplace. His dad Mike and uncles Doug and Curt all donned the winged helmet in the eighties, so naturally Will will follow in their footsteps, right?
Fortunately for the latest in the line of Mallory gridiron stars that presumption doesn’t exist in his family.
“They kind of just sit back and let me decide what I want to do,” said Mallory. “If I need any help they’ll be there to help me.”
Thus far what he asked for is the ability to visit the other schools that he is interested in, and his family has been happy to oblige. That openness gave other suitors the opportunity to move up Mallory’s list, and Miami and Georgia took full advantage. They now join Michigan atop his list of favorites.
“I really (Miami) Coach (Mark) Richt, Coach (Todd) Hartley, (and) the way they see me playing the tight end like David Njoku, who’s there.” said Mallory. “It kind of fits me as a person. And the people there just fit me as a person.
“Georgia I actually just went to for the first time a couple of days ago. It was a lot of fun. I was there for like three days hanging out with the coaches, so it was good. Good to finally get up there and hang out with them.”
Both programs have clearly gained momentum in the race for Mallory’s services, but that doesn’t mean Michigan has lost any. He is as high on the Maize & Blue as he has always been.
“I have been up there more than any other college I’ve been to,” the talented youngster said. “I’ve been a Michigan fan for a while just because my dad and my uncles all played there. They’ve got good people up there and what they’re doing is something special.”
Next on Michigan’s Mallory recruiting agenda is getting him face to face with new tackles and tight ends coach Greg Frey. That and a return trip to Miami are slated to happen sometime in the next few months. Once those visits take place the 6-5, 207-pounder will have the information necessary to move his recruitment toward its conclusion.
“I would like to be done and decided by the end of the summer,” said Mallory.
“(It will come down to) if it fits me as a person, if it feels like home… the people there, the coaches, and if I just feel comfortable there,” he said. “And the way they use the tight end fits me.”